By Andy Doerschuk Published October 20, 2010
Lindiwe Noko, Ginger Baker’s former secretary, has been found guilty by the South African Paarl Regional Court of fraud for embezzling more than $60,000 from the 71-year-old drumming legend. Reportedly, the former Cream drummer had become smitten with Noko, whom he met while she worked as a bank teller, paying for her to receive eye surgery as well as giving her a number of expensive gifts, including a $6,500 diamond ring. Noko was sentenced to three years of correctional supervision, which restricts her from leaving except for exceptional circumstances. In addition, she must perform community service and undergo rehabilitation programs. Two years ago, when the complaint was first filed, Baker found a way to make the proceeding even more bizarre by offering to testify naked. In the end, Baker didn’t appear in court.